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Education

Aug 2007Present

Bachelor of Science

Howard University

Cum Laude

  • Legacy (full tuition) Scholarship Recipient
  • Dean's List: 2007-2010 academic years 
  • The Dr. Sunday A. Adesuyi Organic Chemistry Award

Work experience

Oct 2009Present

COR/NIMH Undergraduate Researcher

Howard University College of Medicine

Under the lab of Dr. Tizabi of the Department of Pharmacology.  Learning techniques in cell culture by using SH-SY5Y cells.

May 2008Aug 2008

The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

National Institutes of Health

Conducted research on the molecular chaperone ClpB with the National Cancer Institute in the lab of Sue Wickner.

References

Folahan O. Ayorinde, Ph.D.

Took Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 with Dr. Ayorinde.

Yousef Tizabi, Ph.D.

I currently conduct research on neurodegenerative disorders in Dr. Tizabi's lab.

Sue Wickner

Interned in Dr. Wickner's lab during the summers of 2008 and 2009.

Portfolio

Research Interest

  • Immunology
  • Immunopathology 
  • Virology 
  • Stem Cells
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Cell biology / communication 

Overview

I am currently a second year Ph.D. student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation (I^3) track.  I recently joined the lab of Abraham Pinter, Ph.D., where we focus on HIV vaccine development. I hope to have a career in biomedical research and to become the PI of my own lab someday.  I am a focused learner, enthusiastic about what the future holds, and a goal oriented person. Here is an overview of my current and recent research/professional activities.

Publications

Abstracts

Qualls, ZM, Ramlochansingh, C, Tizabi, Y (2011) Neuroprotective Effects of Nicotine on Lipopolysaccharide Induced Toxicity in Dopaminergic SH-­‐SY5Y Cells. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts.

Qualls, ZM, Ramlochansingh, C, Tizabi, Y (2010) Neuroprotective Effects of Curcumin on the Dopaminergic SH-­‐SY5Y Cell Line. Amgen Scholars Biotechnology Symposium at UCLA

Qualls, ZM, Ramlochansingh, C, Tizabi, Y (2010) Effects of Combined Rotenone and Salsolinol Treatment on Dopaminergic SH-­‐SY5Y Cells. Howard University Graduate School Research Day

Qualls, ZM, Doyle, S, Wickner, S, (2009) The Importance of non-­‐Conserved Regions of the E. coli Molecular Chaperone, ClpB in Protein Remodeling. NCI Summer Intern Presentations

Qualls, ZM, Doyle, S, Wickner, S, (2008) The Role of the Molecular Chaperone ClpB in Protein Remodeling. NIH Research Poster Day

Invited Presentations

Qualls, ZM, Ramlochansingh, C, Tizabi, Y (2010) Neuroprotective Effects of Curcumin on the Dopaminergic SH-­‐SY5Y Cell Line. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

Qualls, ZM, Ramlochansingh, C, Tizabi, Y (2010) Effects of Combined Rotenone and Salsolinol Treatment on Dopaminergic SH-­‐SY5Y Cells. 68th Annual NIS/BKX Conference 

Conferences/Professional Meetings Attended

  • 2011 Society for Neuroscience..............................................................Poster Presenter
  • 2011 68th Annual NIS/BKX Conference..............................................Oral Presenter
  • 2011 COAS Undergraduate Research Symposium................................Oral Presenter
  • 2011 Howard University Graduate School Research Day.....................Oral Presenter
  • 2010 10th ABRCMS..............................................................................Oral Presenter
  • 2010 Amgen Scholars Biotechnology Symposium at UCLA 
  • 2010 COAS Undergraduate Research Symposium............................... Oral Presenter
  • 2010 Howard University Graduate School Annual Research Day........ Oral Presenter
  • 2010  67th Annual NIS/BKX Conference............................................. Oral Presenter
  • 2009 Presentations On the Hilltop......................................................... Oral Presenter
  • 2009 Annual COR/NIMH Colloquium ................................................ Poster Presenter
  • 2009 NIH Summer Research Poster Day ............................................  Poster Presenter
  • 2009 NCI Summer Intern Presentations ............................................... Oral Presenter
  • 2009 Mid-Atlantic Diabetes Research Symposium
  • 2008 NIH Summer Research Poster Day ............................................. Poster Presenter
  • 2008 NCI Summer Intern Presentations ...............................................Oral Presenter
  • 2007 HHMI Holiday Lecture Series on Stem Cells

Technical Skills

  • Molecular cloning
  • HIV pseudovirus preparation 
  • Protein purification
  • Column chromatography
  • Immunofluorescence
  • Confocal microscopy 
  • RT PCR
  • qPCR
  • SDS-PAGE gel electrophoresis
  • Western blotting
  • Transformation
  • Transfection
  • Growth and induction (IPTG) of E.coli cells
  • Tissue/Cell culture
  • MTT Assay
  • Luciferase Assay
  • In vitro drug treatment
  • Isolation of various cells from PBMCs
  • DNA purification
  • Software: Serial Cloner, 4Peaks, FileMaker Pro, Mendeley

Memberships and Offices in Professional Societies

2011 -­‐ Present    New York Academy of Sciences

2010 -­‐ Present    American Society for Microbiology

2009 -­‐ Present    Sigma Xi 2009 -­‐ Present    Beta Kappa Chi

2010 -­‐ 2012         Society for Neuroscience

2010 -­‐ 2012         American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2010 -­‐ 2011         Beta Kappa Chi, Vice President, Howard University Chapter

2009 -­‐ 2011         Howard University Environmental Society, PR Chair

2009 -­‐ 2010         Thomas B. Smith Biological Society, Class Representative   

Honors and Awards

2011               Foundation of UMDNJ, Society of Research Scholars Scholarship

2011               1st Place Oral Presentation, 67th Annual NIS/BKX Conference

2011               1st Place Oral Presentation, Howard University Graduate School Research Day

2010               Oral Presentation Award, 10th annual ABRCMS

2010                2nd Place Oral Presentation, COAS Undergraduate Research Symposium

2010                3rd Place Oral Presentation, Howard University Graduate School Research Day

2010               The Dr. Sunday A. Adesuyi Organic Chemistry Award, Howard University

2007-­ 2011    Legacy Full Tuition Scholarship, Howard University 

2007‐ 2011   Deans List, Howard University

2007                Salutatorian, Northwestern High School